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Indian Army donates one lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal Army

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The vaccines had been handed over by the Indian Army officers to their counterparts from the Nepal Army on the Tribhuvan International Airport on Sunday, the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu tweeted.

The Indian Army has gifted one lakh doses of India-made anti-COVID-19 vaccines to the Nepal Army as a part of the efforts of the militaries of the 2 neighbours to boost bilateral cooperation.

The vaccines had been handed over by the Indian Army officers to their counterparts from the Nepal Army on the Tribhuvan International Airport on Sunday, the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu tweeted.

“1,00,000 doses of #MadeInIndia COVID-19 vaccine gifted by Indian Army to the Nepali Army were received at Tribhuvan Airport,” the mission tweeted.

India has beforehand gifted a million doses of ‘Made in India’ COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal for the speedy requirement of Nepal’s healthcare and frontline employees.

Meanwhile, China on Monday donated 8,00,000 doses of anti-COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal, in keeping with media experiences in Kathmandu.

The Vero cell vaccines, which arrived at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), was handed over by the Chinese ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi to the Minister for Health and Population (MoHP) Hridayesh Tripathi throughout a ceremony organised for the event, The Himalayan Times reported.

Even although China had pledged to supply 8,00,000 doses, initially 500,000 after which later 300,000, to Nepal, the consignment was dropped at Kathmandu on Monday by a Nepal Airlines Corporation aircraft that had flown to Beijing on Sunday.

The vaccine is developed by Sinopharm, an affiliate of state-backed pharmaceutical firm Sinopharm.

The Department of Drug Administration (DDA) underneath Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population, had accredited the Chinese-made ‘Vero Cell’ vaccine for emergency use towards COVID-19 in Nepal, on February 17.

Following a delay in procurement of Covishield vaccines by the Serum Institute in India, Nepal had suspended the continuing COVID-19 vaccination drive, My Republica information portal reported.

Nepal has suspended its vaccination drive after inoculating somewhat over 1.7 million individuals in two phases till March 15. The Kathmandu Post reported. Nepal has reported 2,76,839 instances of coronavirus and three,027 deaths associated to the illness.

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